You’re Fired!

 

A few weeks ago, Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal noted that in spite of multiple examples of incompetence and non-performance in the Biden Administration, Joe Biden hasn’t fired anyone. Since it’s been reported that he has 560 people in the Executive Office, he certainly has plenty of people to choose from. So I have to wonder, after almost two years, is there no one he’d like to replace with somebody more knowledgeable and competent in any position?

Having the same staff in place after all this time is a mystery to me. Does Biden think his people are more talented than the rest of us who see how disastrous their performance is? Is there a secret prohibition against letting people go? Does he think firing someone will make him “look bad?” (Is there a way he could look any worse than he does?) Or did he demand that everyone needed to take a loyalty oath when they were hired that would guarantee them lifetime federal government employment?

More than that, why would people want to stick around with his crashing ratings in the polls? Are people threatening to quit and people in the Executive Office forbidding them to do so?

Or maybe there is a Progressive in the shadows who decides who leaves and who stays. Maybe that person takes his or her direction from George Soros. Maybe Soros has had to bribe them all to stay.

Who would you fire first if you had the power to do it (and no cheating and picking Biden)? My top pick would be Mayorkas, DHS Director.

Do you have any theories on the reasons that no one has been fired? Doesn’t it seem odd to you, too?

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  1. Clavius Thatcher
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    Merrick Garland, corrupt lawyer-in-chief, who has bankrupted the rule of law.

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  2. Percival Thatcher
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    Susan Quinn: A few weeks ago, Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal noted that in spite of multiple examples of incompetence and non-performance in the Biden Administration, Joe Biden hasn’t fired anyone. Since it’s been reported that he has 560 people in the Executive Office, he certainly has plenty of people to choose from. So I have to wonder, after almost two years, is there no one that he’d like to replace with somebody more knowledgeable and competent in any position?

    If he were to start, when would he stop? When he got down to the level of competence? Is there one?

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  3. Percival Thatcher
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    Clavius (View Comment):

    Merrick Garland, corrupt lawyer-in-chief, who has bankrupted the rule of law.

    Seconded.

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  4. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    @FakeJohnJaneGalt

    How can anybody in their administration be fired?  They were all hired for their intersectionality points.  It is not like they will stop being a black african american from jamaica that is homosexual into furries.   

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  5. MWD B612 "Dawg" Member
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    @danok1

    Susan Quinn: Are people threatening to quit and people in the Executive Office forbid them to do so?

    How would that work in practice?

    “I quit!”

    “You can’t! We won’t allow it!”

    “So you’re gonna keep paying me when I refuse to show up? Cool.”

    Susan Quinn: Who would you fire first if you had the power to do it (and no cheating and picking Biden)?

    Garland, Wallensky, Fauci, the entire Joint Chiefs.

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  6. genferei Member
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    Perhaps it’s all working as designed. With outrage after incompetence after outrage, who can keep track of them all? Before anyone can organize a response to one, they’re on to the next. And these things are cumulative. Go back a few months and see what fundamental breach of the constitution was going on; whatever it was, people have forgotten because something new and ridiculous and just as dangerous happened the next week. But that breach continues. And so the next, and the next, and the next.

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  7. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    How can anybody in their administration be fired? They were all hired for their intersectionality points. It is not like they will stop being a black african american from jamaica that is homosexual into furries.

    Now that’s an angle I hadn’t thought of, John. Well said. Maybe they’re hoping that people will desert him on their own like they left Kamala.

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  8. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    MWD B612 "Dawg" (View Comment):
    “So you’re gonna keep paying me when I refuse to show up? Cool.”

    I hate to say it, but nothing would surprise me.

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  9. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    genferei (View Comment):

    Perhaps it’s all working as designed. With outrage after incompetence after outrage, who can keep track of them all? Before anyone can organize a response to one, they’re on to the next. And these things are cumulative. Go back a few months and see what fundamental breach of the constitution was going on; whatever it was, people have forgotten because something new and ridiculous and just as dangerous happened the next week. But that breach continues. And so the next, and the next, and the next.

    Well, I certainly can’t keep track! But who cares about that old rag of a Constitution anyway?

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  10. Barfly Member
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    Merrick Garland reminds me of that little creep Stalin used to keep around until he had him photoshot. 

    Revolutionary governments like Biden’s don’t like to simply fire people – that’d be an admission of error. The complex of lies they bind themselves with requires more than just a dignified departure and replacement of the individual.

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  11. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Barfly (View Comment):

    Merrick Garland reminds me of that little creep Stalin used to keep around until he had him photoshot.

    Revolutionary governments like Biden’s don’t like to simply fire people – that’d be an admission of error. The complex of lies they bind themselves with requires more than just a dignified departure and replacement of the individual.

    Maybe they’re afraid that if someone is fired, that person will report their deep, dark secrets. 

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  12. BDB Coolidge
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    I suspect that it functions like a University.  There’s nobody in charge, and all the charlatans collude to accept each others’ incompetence.

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  13. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    BDB (View Comment):

    I suspect that it functions like a University. There’s nobody in charge, and all the charlatans collude to accept each others’ incompetence.

    Sounds about right. Sigh.

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  14. EJHill Podcaster
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    There are two basic assumptions that need to be made first:

    A) That Biden’s mental state is such that he is aware of the chaos.

    B) That Biden is fundamentally displeased with the results.

    I’m not going to speculate on the President’s mental acuity. As for the second assumption, I would posit that the destruction that they are waging is going exactly as planned. What is not going as planned is the political reaction to it. They believed in their heart of hearts that this destruction would be hailed as bold and necessary and accepted overwhelmingly.

    Shortly after his inauguration, the White House muppeteers invited a bunch of leftwing historians such as Michael Beschloss and Doris Kearns Goodwin to come in and convince him he was the monogrammed reincarnation of FDR, JFK and LBJ all rolled into one. It just wasn’t his duty, it was his destiny to “go big.” Of course, the fact that he didn’t have the majorities in Congress to do that wasn’t a factor. He would be so beloved the country would roll over for him.

    But that didn’t happen. And his monogram, JRB, was replaced with FJB.

    The persistent report out of the White House is that Joe is flummoxed that his approval rating is now lower than the man he was elected to replace. Neither he or his Prime Minister Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, understood his “mandate” was to be a caretaker president, to not rock the boat and get us to 2024 without too many crises. But they wanted these events. They wanted to destroy the dollar, destroy the energy sector (and with it the economy) and destroy the fabric of society so they could remake it and be declared saviors. 

    FDR convinced America that he had to chart new courses. “The country needs,” he said in 1932, “and unless I mistake its temper the country demands bold persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails admit it frankly and try another. But above all try something.” The problem is, by comparison, the Trump years look pretty good. Half the population is looking at him and saying, “Oh, look. There’s the arsonist who wants us to think he saved the puppy!”

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  15. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    EJHill (View Comment):
    Neither he or his Prime Minister Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, understood his “mandate” was to be a caretaker president, to not rock the boat and get us to 2024 without too many crises. But they wanted these events. They wanted to destroy the dollar, destroy the energy sector (and with it the economy) and destroy the fabric of society so they could remake it and be declared saviors. 

    A couple of questions, EJ. First, I find it hard to believe that Klain didn’t know the script. And when you say “they” wanted these events, who are you referring to? The far Leftists who are actually controlling things?

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  16. Hoyacon Member
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    Except in cases of obvious malfeasance (not necessarily our version of malfeasance) people don’t get “fired” at that level.  They announce that they are leaving.  “Firing” is an acknowledgement that the choice was wrong to begin with, something an Administration is loathe to acknowledge.

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  17. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Except in cases of obvious malfeasance (not necessarily our version of malfeasance) people don’t get “fired” at that level. They announce that they are leaving. “Firing” is an acknowledgement that the choice was wrong to begin with, something an Administration is loathe to acknowledge.

    He can call it whatever he wishes. I’ll be glad to see most of them leave under any definition. Resignations work for me!

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  18. Barfly Member
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    EJHill (View Comment):
    “The country needs,” he said in 1932, “and unless I mistake its temper the country demands bold persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails admit it frankly and try another. But above all try something.”

    Taken at face value, that comment of FDR’s is evidence of a merely shallow mind. Seen in the context of what FDR did, however, what he said is just another leftist excuse for depredation. FDR’s political and economic experiments, like the misadventures of every leftist, all failed hard in one direction only. (Don’t tell me how he won the war. Bradley et al. won the war, and FDR midwifed the USSR as a world power.)

     

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  19. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Barfly (View Comment):

    EJHill (View Comment):
    “The country needs,” he said in 1932, “and unless I mistake its temper the country demands bold persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails admit it frankly and try another. But above all try something.”

    Taken at face value, that comment of FDR’s is evidence of a merely shallow mind. Seen in the context of what FDR did, however, what he said is just another leftist excuse for depredation. FDR’s political and economic experiments, like the misadventures of every leftist, all failed hard in one direction only. (Don’t tell me how he won the war. Bradley et al. won the war, and FDR midwifed the USSR as a world power.)

     

    I think it’s become common knowledge that his actions dragged out the depression and slowed our recovery. So much for experimentation.

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  20. Barfly Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Barfly (View Comment):

    EJHill (View Comment):
    “The country needs,” he said in 1932, “and unless I mistake its temper the country demands bold persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails admit it frankly and try another. But above all try something.”

    Taken at face value, that comment of FDR’s is evidence of a merely shallow mind. Seen in the context of what FDR did, however, what he said is just another leftist excuse for depredation. FDR’s political and economic experiments, like the misadventures of every leftist, all failed hard in one direction only. (Don’t tell me how he won the war. Bradley et al. won the war, and FDR midwifed the USSR as a world power.)

     

    I think it’s become common knowledge that his actions dragged out the depression and slowed our recovery. So much for experimentation.

    We owe a debt to Amity Shlaes. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1289617.The_Forgotten_Man

    They pile up the lies so fast that we’ll never dig out, but Amity Shlaes is a Caterpillar D-11 earthmover. 

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  21. MWD B612 "Dawg" Member
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    Barfly (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Barfly (View Comment):

    EJHill (View Comment):
    “The country needs,” he said in 1932, “and unless I mistake its temper the country demands bold persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails admit it frankly and try another. But above all try something.”

    Taken at face value, that comment of FDR’s is evidence of a merely shallow mind. Seen in the context of what FDR did, however, what he said is just another leftist excuse for depredation. FDR’s political and economic experiments, like the misadventures of every leftist, all failed hard in one direction only. (Don’t tell me how he won the war. Bradley et al. won the war, and FDR midwifed the USSR as a world power.)

     

    I think it’s become common knowledge that his actions dragged out the depression and slowed our recovery. So much for experimentation.

    We owe a debt to Amity Shlaes. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1289617.The_Forgotten_Man

    They pile up the lies so fast that we’ll never dig out, but Amity Shlaes is a Caterpillar D-11 earthmover.

    I second the recommendation of The Forgotten Man.

    I don’t think that FDR’s actual effects on the Depression are common knowledge though. My kids were still taught (~five-eight years ago) that FDR brought the US out of the Depression with his policies. They did not learn about the depression within the Depression in ~1936, etc.

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  22. Barfly Member
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    EJHill (View Comment):

    There are two basic assumptions that need to be made first:

    A) That Biden’s mental state is such that he is aware of the chaos.

    Tucker reports Dr. Jill has been doping Slo Jo since during the campaign.

    B) That Biden is fundamentally displeased with the results.

    FJB is a monster. There’s no way to observe FJB over the years and conclude otherwise. Anyone who can’t see the evil in FJB is a perceptual cripple.

    Edit, later: Take that, Bret Stephens.

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  23. Percival Thatcher
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Barfly (View Comment):

    Merrick Garland reminds me of that little creep Stalin used to keep around until he had him photoshot.

    Revolutionary governments like Biden’s don’t like to simply fire people – that’d be an admission of error. The complex of lies they bind themselves with requires more than just a dignified departure and replacement of the individual.

    Maybe they’re afraid that if someone is fired, that person will report their deep, dark secrets.

    They have no honor. Can they then be said to have loyalty? Somebody somewhere is maintaining a Doomsday file. Maybe several Doomsday files. Maybe several somebodies. Criminal organizations such as this are inherently unstable.

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  24. EJHill Podcaster
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    @EJHill

    Susan Quinn: A couple of questions, EJ. First, I find it hard to believe that Klain didn’t know the script. And when you say “they” wanted these events, who are you referring to? The far Leftists who are actually controlling things?

    Klain knows the end goals all too well. He’s been in the White House revolving door for a long time. He was behind Biden’s smear of Clarence Thomas in the Senate, too. 

    And, yes, “they” are the cadre of people that run the country that nobody has ever voted for. They don’t worry about the boss’ poll numbers. He’s temporary anyway. Klain has wielded power under Clinton, under Obama and now under Biden. Presidents come and go. The hangers on keep right on hanging on.

    Barfly: Taken at face value, that comment of FDR’s is evidence of a merely shallow mind.

    Not in the least. It shows that he was prepared to usher in the era of the bureaucratic monolith and the abandonment of the limiting principles of the Constitution. The genius is that he was saying upfront that failure was to be expected. Results oriented politics were replaced with “They’re trying. They care. All of their intentions are good and that’s what really counts.” Once you eliminate results from the equation politics gets a helluva lot easier.

    Susan Quinn : I think it’s become common knowledge that his actions dragged out the depression and slowed our recovery. So much for experimentation.

    The recovery was secondary to reordering Federalism. Remember, the people didn’t blame the economy on FDR. That was Hoover. Biden’s problem is that the economy has tanked on his watch, not Trump’s. That’s where Putin comes in.

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  25. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    If you’re curious, Trump had 12 senior officials whom he fired or who resigned by the end of his term:

    https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-officials-fired-or-resigned-since-election-2020-11?op=1

    This quote of Trump appeared on Wikipedia:

    Trump justified the instability, saying: “We have acting people. The reason they are acting is because I’m seeing how I like them, and I’m liking a lot of them very, very much. There are people who have done a bad job, and I let them go. If you call that turmoil, I don’t call that turmoil. I say that is being smart. That’s what we do.”

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  26. Barfly Member
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    @Barfly

    EJ, your vision is 20/20 as always. Makes my right hand twitch. Maybe that’s just the screws from the break last January.

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  27. BDB Coolidge
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    @BDB

    Add another assumption: 3), that Biden’s opinion means anything in this administration.

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  28. Buckpasser Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Clavius (View Comment):

    Merrick Garland, corrupt lawyer-in-chief, who has bankrupted the rule of law.

    Seconded.

    But, but he’s Merrick Garland, LAW GUY!

    It’s a toss up between him and Mayorkus.  Wait….Pete Buttjudge.  No, no Jennifer “eh” Granholm. Then again maybe X Becerrix, no, no Janet ‘what inflation?’ Yellin.

    Now I’m forgetting Lloyd “rainbow flag” Austin.

    Oh forget it.  I can’t settle on just one.

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  29. Sisyphus Member
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    How can anybody in their administration be fired? They were all hired for their intersectionality points. It is not like they will stop being a black african american from jamaica that is homosexual into furries.

    Can’t fire the token. They are all tokens.

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  30. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Buckpasser (View Comment):
    Oh forget it.  I can’t settle on just one.

    I know what you mean! Too many great choices!

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